Symposium "Statues Also Die"

Turin, 28th-29th May 2018

On Monday, the 28th of May 2018, and on Tuesday, the 29th of May 2018, the Symposium "Statues Also Die.

Destruction and Preservation in Ancient and Modern Times" will take place in Turin. The conference will be held at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo on Monday 28th and in the Cavallerizza Reale on Tuesday 29th and is organized by the Museo Egizio, Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino, Musei Reali and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

This symposium, entirely in English, is part of the exhibition project entitled "Statues Also Die. Conflict and Heritage between Ancient and Contemporary" that will be on display at the Museo Egizo until the 9th of September 2018. During the conference, a debate between scholars from different disciplines, about the destruction phenomena and preservation strategies of the cultural heritage in ancient and modern times will take place; these phenomena will be analysed through a multidisciplinary perspective, based on archaeological, historical, anthropological, museological and sociological interpretations.

Professor C. Lippolis will take part in the debate with a speech about the history of the Iraq Museum and the complex correlation between the politics and the heritage enhancement ("Birth, Fall and Renaissance of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad: Politics and Propaganda vs. Archaeology and Heritage Enhancement in Modern Iraq").

For the full program: Download [PDF]

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At banquet with the heroes

The book "At banquet with the heroes. The ivory furniture from the Square House in Parthian Nisa", by N. Manassero (with contributions by G. Affanni and C. Lippolis), has been published: born from the research project funded by the Shelby White & Leon Levy Foundation in 2012, it is the publication of a group of ivories from the Parthian period, found during the Sovietic excavations of the late 1940s in Old Nisa (now Turkmenistan). These are legs chairs, thrones, furniture or beds, with dimensions ranging from 5 to 70 cm in length, mainly worked on the lathe, almost completely devoid of figured decorations. Already known to the scientific community for over 60 years, but never adequately published (a single short article in Russian, dated to 1962, had little circulation outside the Russian-speaking countries), these materials now bring new hints for thought on their context of use on Arsacid ideology.


News from the Lands of the Hittites

"News from the Lands of Hittites" - Scientific Journal for Anatolian Research.

The Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino is promoter, together with the University Suor Orsola Benincasa, of a new electronic journal, provided with an international scientific committee and focused on the history, archaeology and philology of ancient Anatolia.






"Anche le Statue Muoiono"

"Anche le statue Muoiono. Conflitto e patrimonio tra antico e contemporaneo" March 09 - September 09, 2018.

The exhibition is held in three different locations, Museo Egizio, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Musei Reali. Within this exhibition Egyptian, Cypriot, Greek and Roman artefacts, which have been intentionally damaged or reworked, both in ancient and recent times, sometimes for commercial purposes, are collected and displayed. The exhibit, moreover, features works by contemporary artists, mainly Egyptian and Middle Eastern, inspired by the systematic destruction of the cultural heritage realized by Isis-Daesh in Syria and Iraq. These works aim at the same time at suggesting a reflection on the role of museums. The Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino presents within this exhibition pictures of Assyrian reliefs from the Palace of Sennacherib at Nineveh (Museo Egizio), a video about the Iraq Museum at Baghdad (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo) and a video about the current project of excavations organized and funded by CRAST at Tulul al Baqarat in Southern Mesopotamia (Musei Reali).

Inauguration March 8, 2018 Museo Egizio 06.00 p.m. - Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Musei Reali 07.00 p.m.

Hellenistic Sealings & Archives

Wednesday, 24 january 2018, Prof. Messina will attend a conference held at the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, and give a lecture on "Hellenistic Sealings in Context. The City Archive of Seleucia on the Tigris", presenting some of the results of the excavation conducted by the Centro Scavi di Torino.

Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, Oude Turfmarkt 127, 09.15 am.

For more information: Fasti Congressuum

1st International Conference on the Enhancement of the Archaeological Heritage in Iraq

On 20-21 January 2018, at the University of Kufa (Najaf, Iraq), Professor C. Lippolis will partecipate as speaker in the ICEAHI Conference related to the EDUU International Project (Education and Cultural Heritage Enhancement for Social Cohesion in Iraq). Throughout the conference, the ongoing archaeological, anthropological and environmental studies, which are aimed at the historical reconstruction of the ancient Mesopotamian landscapes, will be introduced; furthermore, the best strategies for the preservation, protection and promotion of the Iraqi cultural heritage, as well as for the diffusion of interest and awareness of its value within the local communities, will be analysed through a dialogue among different social sectors and professional disciplines. 


Conference program [PDF]


For more information: Conference ICEAHI